Date for the next Gardenfest – April 1, 2023.
Each year the Purdue Master Gardeners – Boone County hold a Gardenfest in early April. The event is at the Boone County Fairgrounds, and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to get excited about your gardening projects for the coming year.
This is a free event and features vendor booths, door prizes, a garden café, soil pH testing, kids’ activities and Q&A opportunities. Three garden experts speak on topics of interest.
We look forward to offering this event in 2023.
Here’s a sample flyer from the 2022 Gardenfest .
Our Featured Speakers at Gardenfest 2022
John Thieme – Where are All the Butterflies? at 10am
John received his entomology degree from Purdue University and worked in their entomology department for two years after graduation doing field research studies. He later joined a large pharmaceutical and chemical company as an entomologist working in various roles within their field development, technical services, and sales groups for 31 years until he retired. Ultimately, he worked within their agricultural, horticultural, and public health and structural pest control divisions. Over the years he had responsibilities in the central valley of California, the Midwest, and in some New England states. John has been fascinated with butterflies for over sixty years and has never lost his desire to learn more about them. In his talk, “Where are All the Butterflies?”, John will share many interesting things about them and how to attract more of these beautiful pollinators to our gardens. He will focus especially on what is happening to them and what we can all do to help them in the future.
Myrene Brown – Garden Surprises 2022 at 11:30am
Trudy Struck and Teresa Downham – Creating and Maintaining the Hamilton County Master Garden Association Rose Garden at 1:30PM
Trudy Struck has been a Master Gardener since 2004 involved in many of the various committees. She is currently a co-chair of The Rose Garden Committee helping to keep it healthy and beautiful. She is a member of the American Rose Society and the President of the Indianapolis Rose Society. Trudy has been retired for 6 years from a regional accounting firm. She enjoys traveling with her husband and playing with her 5 grandchildren, ages 4 months to 7 years. She also raises roses in her home garden along with many other types of perennials.
Teresa Downham has been a Hamilton County Master Gardner since 2015 and has been co-curator of the Hamilton County Rose Garden since the fall of 2016. She is also a member the American Rose Society and Vice President of the Indianapolis Rose Society. She has lived in Fishers since 1998 and previous to that lived in New Jersey and Ohio. When not at work as a controller for Crystal Catering, she spends her time puttering around in her home garden and likes to grow a wide variety of plants: vegetable, roses, hostas, succulents, native flowers and anything else that catches her eye!
Some views of the Hamilton County Master Gardener Association Rose Garden
Enjoy these photos from Gardenfest 2022.